More Bang(kok) for your buck.
“No Money – No Honey”
Why don’t we start with the one thing that makes all of this go round, which is, of course, the money – namely the currency of Thailand. The local Thai currency is known as Baht and it may take you a small while to get used to, especially if you’re used to seeing British Pounds, American Dollars or Euros. Coin denominations include: .25, .50. 1.00, 5 and 10 Baht coins although for the teeny tiny ones the number often gets rounded up, but you will get them, albeit that they have little to no use, as such. Cash includes: 1,000 Baht notes (brown/ golden / white) 500 (kind of purple) 100 red 50s (blue) 20s (green) So while we’re on the subject do make sure you get some of these notes changed up as best you can. On my first trip coming into Bangkok, many years ago, I will always remember taking out cash from a cash machine at the airport and the denominations of notes were too high. I remember going into a mom ‘n’ pop convenience store and the note I had was bigger than what they could possibly change me, from their cash register. In the end I donated it and told them to keep the change. Now, while it feels good to donate and help out from time to time by not breaking the bigger notes, we do not advise this over the long term as, obviously, you will lose money, albeit small amounts, which in all likelihood will not affect your life. Our best insight is to simply make sure you change up quite a few hundred notes (the red ones) and a couple hundred Baht’s worth of twenties (the green ones). This will be a good start. We’ll be back again soon for the remainder of this whopping first blog. In the meantime if you do have any questions regarding how you can apply for an ED Visa and start to experience the feeling of living abroad in the land of smiles, visit our page that will talk you through the steps here.